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President Obama Nominates African American Lesbian for Illinois Federal Court

Today, President Obama nominated Staci Yandle to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.  If confirmed, Yandle would not only become the first openly gay judge on a court within the Seventh Circuit (which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin), but she would also be the first African American judge to serve in the Southern District of Illinois.  Yandle will bring decades of experience in civil litigation as well public service.

She served by appointment on the Illinois Gaming Board and the Illinois Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. 

The Obama administration has consistently recognized the need for diversity of experiences and background on the bench. 

To date, the administration has nominated more African American and LGBT judges than under any previous President.  Yandle will undoubtedly honorably serve the people of Illinois for years to come. 

HRC applauds her nomination and urges the Senate to promptly consider her nomination.

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